Issue: Fall 2017   Vol. 12 - Issue 3
     

From the Editor's Desk: Informed Consent: Sometimes It's About Memory
 
– Lawrence I. Bonchek, M.D., FACS, FACC
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Perspectives: Shale Gas (Methane) Extraction and Public Health: Why Doctors Should Be Concerned
  – Alan S. Peterson, M.D.
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  – Paul R. Sieber, M.D.
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Top Tips from Family Practice
Choosing Wisely XXI: Recommendations from American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, American Urological Association, American Association for Study of Liver Diseases
– Alan S. Peterson, M.D.
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Scientific Reports
A Primer on Issues in Transgender Medicine
  – Allison E. Michalowski, Sarah N. Boateng, and Rachel L. Levine, M.D.
  Many physicians have had little exposure to issues in transgender medicine, but the field is growing rapidly in importance and should become familiar to all providers. This comprehensive review from the Pennsylvania Department of Health defines often-confused terms, and provides a detailed introduction to this topic.
 
   
Crohn’s Disease: Current and Future Biologic Therapies
  – John D. Betteridge, M.D.
Treatment of inflammatory bowel disease has been revolutionized by the introduction of biological therapeutic agents. This article provides a comprehensive overview of current biological drugs, the role of biosimilars, and the prospects for even newer agents that are now being evaluated.
 
   
Obtaining Authorization for PCSK9 Inhibitors: Lessons Learned and Results of a Time Study
  – Tina M. Davis, MSN, CRNP, CLS, FNLA, and Joette C. Hughes, MSN, CRNP
Gaining approval for expensive new biological drugs can be time-consuming and frustrating. Herewith some valuable lessons from seasoned veterans who have studied the process.
 
   
A Pain Psychology Primer for Physicians
  – Christa Coleman, PsyD, BCB
The importance and effectiveness of behavioral therapy is now accepted. This article’s comprehensive and detailed discussion of behavioral therapy in the management of pain is essential reading.